Our personal injury client was involved in two car accidents within moments of each other near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Accident 1: A woman was driving southbound on Highway 9 when a drunk driver failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of her. Our client hit the at-fault driver and her car was turned around completely while the at-fault driver's car was pushed off to the side of the road. The at-fault driver was also found to be driving uninsured in addition to driving under the influence.
Accident 2: While our client's car was disabled as a result of the first accident, a large box truck failed to slow for conditions and hit our client head-on, pushing her vehicle and the box truck across the highway's median. The driver of the box truck was driving too close to our client's car and was unable to stop the box truck from moving forward and hitting our client.
The two accidents blocked all four lanes of Highway 9 at the Sea Mountain Highway intersection.
After the second accident, our client was rushed to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach where she was treated as a Level II trauma patient. The woman had pain and a burning sensation through the left side of her body and a series of x-rays were completed to determine the extent of her injuries. Our client was diagnosed with motor vehicle accident trauma-related injuries, several lacerations, a sprained ankle, facial wounds, and hemorrhage at her left ankle. She was discharged with strict instructions to follow up with her primary care physician and return to the hospital in the event any of her symptoms grew worse or did not improve over time.
Because this was an unique case where a client was involved in two accidents within moments of each other as well as one of the at-fault parties being uninsured, The Derrick Law Firm was able to request compensation from two insurance carriers. A challenge presented in this client's case did become who was liable for her injuries- the first party or both parties? The second at-fault driver's insurance company believed their insured was not at fault for the woman's total injuries and The Derrick Law Firm had to file suit against the insurance company.
Because the initial accident was caused by an uninsured driver, part of our client's compensation came from her own "Uninsured Motorist" insurance policy. This policy protects drivers who are injured or have property damage caused by an uninsured driver. The second at-fault driver was insured and The Derrick Law Firm was able to send a demand to their liability insurance for the woman's medical bills and other damages. If you are unsure of what policies and the amounts you need, download your free copy of "3 Feet From Disaster" written by Attorney Dirk Derrick.
After a thorough investigation of the accidents and an evaluation of our client's injuries, The Derrick Law Firm settled the case at $30,000 from our client's uninsured motorist insurance policy and $26,000 from the second at-fault party's liability insurance.
Our client was very satisfied with The Derrick Law Firm's representation of her case and noted that The Derrick Law Firm was "...always looking out for my best interest..." This client's full testimony can be found here.
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If you or a loved one are seriously injured by the negligence of another, whether it be a car or truck accident, a workers' compensation claim, or any other personal injury, give The Derrick Law Firm a call for a free case review at 843-248-7486.